Editor’s note: The Navy Supply Corps Newsletter recently had a conversation with Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps, about the way ahead for NAVSUP and the Supply Corps.
Newsletter: How does NAVSUP’s path ahead align with the National Security Strategy?
Rear Adm. Yuen: The National Security Strategy is focused on increasing the lethality of our armed forces, and NAVSUP’s path ahead is designed to emphasize how we leverage our talents and skills to improve readiness and make Navy more lethal. It is the realigned structure and adaptability of NAVSUP and our supply community that allows us to overcome challenges, provide solutions and deliver to our customer.
Newsletter: What changes will NAVSUP go through in the coming year?
Rear Adm. Yuen: We are looking at how we can work even more closely with our customers and be their single point customer interface to Department of Defense resources and industry. This will manifest as NAVSUP teams are based at naval shipyards and aviation fleet readiness centers (FRCs) to help; with establishment of customer focused metrics; and with more decentralized, tailored supply chains that are improving naval lethality and readiness.
Newsletter: Can you describe NAVSUP’s critical role in the Navy’s Title 10 man, train, and equip mission?
Rear Adm. Yuen: NAVSUP is Navy’s lead supply chain integrator, providing spare and repair parts, logistics services, and quality-of-life services to naval units. NAVSUP is also responsible to coordinate Navy weapon system life cycle support and other requirements and efforts to ensure Navy logistics support needs are met effectively and efficiently.
Newsletter: As the lead supply support provider for the Navy, how will reforming NAVSUP benefit the warfighter and the Navy?
Rear Adm. Yuen: NAVSUP is re-focusing its efforts on how we support our customers. In the case of the naval shipyards, the position of NAVSUP teams will help their mission of getting ships and submarines through overhauls on time and on budget. In the FRCs, we are also planning to integrate on-site NAVSUP teams to further tailor the supply support we provide and improve naval aviation readiness.
Newsletter: How will these changes affect the supply chain and how NAVSUP manages it?
Rear Adm. Yuen: NAVSUP has always worked closely with our customers. We believe we can work even closer together. We are also teaming with our customers to improve data flow and sharing to reduce variability and unpredictability in the supply chain.
Newsletter: Describe how these changes will affect the Navy Supply Team (civilians, Supply Corps officers, enlisted ratings)?
Rear Adm. Yuen: Our team is used to working closely with our customers, so I don’t see a significant change there. I do see us working to reach a further level of integration with our customers that will give our civilian and military team a great opportunity to improve Navy readiness and support the warfighter.
Newsletter: Please share with our readers what new technology and metrics NAVSUP will be focusing on during this reform?
Rear Adm. Yuen: There are many exciting things going on in the metrics area. NAVSUP has been working with other Navy stakeholders to develop Navy Business Intelligence Services (NBIS), an enterprise data analytics platform, which enables Navy audit and improved supply chain performance. NAVSUP is also working a number of digital efforts focused on readiness with the OPNAV Digital Warfare Office (DWO). We are also developing customer focused metrics to sharpen Navy readiness and the supply chain.
Newsletter: What is being “digital” and how does it fit within NAVSUP’s future?
Rear Adm. Yuen: Being “digital” at NAVSUP means that we are using automation and data to understand our customer needs, to respond and anticipate and more accurately match them to supply and inventory. This automation and data will bring end-to-end visibility in supply chain to attain an even higher level of performance. NAVSUP is embracing “digital” through both Navywide DWO projects as well as some internal projects focused on our core business.
Newsletter: What is the future of the Supply Corps?
Rear Adm. Yuen: Throughout its 223-year history, the Supply Corps has prided itself on serving as an integral part of the Navy’s operational forces, and I am confident that our role, serving shoulder to shoulder with the warfighters, will not change. Our people will continue to be our greatest strength, as the Supply Corps grows and develops the Navy’s current and future naval logistics leaders.
NAVSUP and the Supply Corps’ success is driven by the integrated efforts of every member of our team, military and civilian. With our culture of inclusion that draws on our diverse skills and experiences, we will continue to train and mentor our people and the next generation of leaders. Ensuring our operational readiness, we will continue to deliver mission success for our Navy and nation.